The Dutchman is barely a fringe player at Old Trafford following his transfer from Ajax.
Kuyt believes Bruno’s form makes it impossible for the Dutchman to get in the team.
Speaking to Sky Sports, former Liverpool man Dirk Kuyt said: “The step from the Eredivise to the Premier League is an even bigger step then when I was going to the Premier League from the Eredivisie.
“But I think Donny van de Beek has been very unfortunate because there are no better players than Bruno Fernandes at the moment in the world. And he’s playing in his position, so that makes it very tough for him.
“I think Donny has shown in the Champions League last year how good of a player he is, so his time will come. But you have to keep being patient and like I said, to make the step from the Eredivise to the Premier League is a huge one.”
Van de Beek has started in just 11 games across all competitions for Manchester United this season after moving to Old Trafford from Ajax last summer for a transfer fee of £35.7 million.
It looked like a muscle injury to Paul Pogba could the Dutchman an unlikely chance to stake his claim but the 23-year-old has been sidelined as well for the last few games.